Month: November 2019

Evanston, Illinois, approves reparations based on marijuana sales to help the city’s blacks

  Marijuana will be legalized in Illinois January 1 The city’s cops have a history of disproportionately arresting black residents for marijuana possession Evanston, a leafy North Shore suburb of Chicago, will spend tax revenue from the sale of recreational marijuana to establish a reparations program for African Americans who live in the city. The city’s aldermen, with one exception,[Read More…]

Incoming Kentucky governor poised to expand voting rights

After beating Gov. Matt Bevin in the recent election, Democratic Governor-elect Andy Beshear is expected to sign an executive order that restores voting rights to people with non-violent felony convictions who have completed their prison, probation and parole sentence. This move follows in the footsteps of his father, former Gov. Steve Beshear, who restored the voting rights of more than[Read More…]

U.S. Supreme Court decides lawsuit against Comcast by a black-owned company can proceed

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The U.S. Supreme Court indicated yesterday that a $20 billion lawsuit filed against Comcast Corporation, the nation’s largest cable operator,  by black-owned Entertainment Studio Networks (ESN) could proceed. The decision was outlined in a more than 70-page ruling. A final ruling is expected sometime in June. The U.S. Justice Department under President Donald Trump is[Read More…]

Elijah Cummings’ widow has announced that she will run to succeed him

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, widow of  U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, has announced that she is running to succeed him, adding to an expected crowded field of candidates. The 48-year-old Rockeymoore Cummings announced her candidacy yesterday to serve out the remainder of her late husband’s term representing Maryland’s 7th Congressional District. Mr. Cummings was chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee,[Read More…]

Soul of a Nation, America’s Art Dialogue with Race and Civil Rights

  By Rosemary Eng correspondent and photographer BlackmansStreet.Today   SAN FRANCISCO — After the shocking attack in Birmingham, Alabama, using fire hoses and police dogs on civil rights demonstrators in 1963, followed not long afterwards by the call for civil rights by the March on Washington for jobs and freedom, 15 New York African American artists debated whether they could[Read More…]